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Saturday Movie Night continues…

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

 

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I love the Star Trek movies but this is the movie that I’ve seen the least.  I can quote practically every line in the following movies but I’ve only seen this one for the third time.  I love how the movie looks, the cinematography is amazing but the pacing is so unlike the usual Star Trek story that it felt a little off in places.  There were a few little things that didn’t seem to fit the Star Trek universe as well, but all in all it’s a good movie.  For a movie that started out as a reboot of the television series and went through several revisions and scripts it was a good entry for the series on the big screen.

Next week…  Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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Fall festivities…

It might still be summertime here in sunny Arizona but we are already looking ahead to the fall.

Last night I was going through the mail that had accumulated while we were on vacation, we got a flyer from Disney advertising the different events coming up in the fall.  When we were at Disneyland last October we saw a lot of people participating in the Halloween festivities and it looked like a lot of fun.halloween-time

Sully saw the flyer and asked about what dates things were happening.  I did more research online at the Disneyland website.   We discussed dates, checked our calendars and Sully requested the time off work.  So guess where we are going in October?

Mickey’s Halloween Party!

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We were planning on dressing as pirates this year so it works out perfectly.  It’s totally silly but I am really excited!

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Kindle coverage…

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A few weeks ago, I talked about Sully, Boo and I each having Kindle 2s  with the same Amazon black cover.   We are loving our Kindles, and the Amazon brand cover.  It’s a great cover but we keep mixing up our Kindles, and I wouldn’t mind a little color.  I decided to try to make a slipcover for my Kindle cover.

I like using fat quarters because you can quickly grab whatever catches your eye.  You can use whatever fabric floats your boat.

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After some internet research, I found this tutorial on the College Prep blog.  It’s basically a fabric version of the paper book covers that most of us made at one point or another in grade school.  I followed her directions for the most part but then, because I seem to lack the ability to follow directions I made some changes.

First, the measurements –

I laid the Kindle case down on top of the fabric and marked an inch above and below, and three inches on each side.

Changes –

At the beginning –

– I used light fusible interfacing to make the slipcover look a bit sharper.  The inside edges look more finished, as well.

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– I put the Kindle case into the slipcover and pinned a piece of elastic at the top at the fold.  I ran it down the fold and pinned it at the bottom and stitched the elastic to the fabric.  I folded the elastic under at both ends and unfolded the fabric before stitching to keep the front of the cover stitch free.

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 Your slipcover will look like this.  The black elastic looks out of place here but blends in when it’s on the cover.  It keeps the slipcover from bunching when you open and close the cover.

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I made the pink one for Boo and the blue one for me.  Sully decided to stick with his black cover.

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It was a pretty easy craft project.  The first one took an hour or so as figured out what I was doing.  The second cover took less than 30 minutes.

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section.

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A Fun Fourth…

Flag heart… for us and our pets.

As many of us make plans for our family for the 4th of July.  It’s important that we remember our furry family members as well.  Holiday festivities like backyard parties and fireworks can overwhelm and frighten pets.   There are some easy steps that can be taken to assure that everyone has a fun and safe holiday.

To those of us that own pets already, most of this is common sense sort of stuff.  It’s good to remind people that don’t have pets or that are just starting out with pets the simple precautions we can take to keep everyone safe.

Holiday Prep

1.  Check to make sure your pet’s tags are up to date and fastened securely to their collar.  Check collar for proper fit while you are there.

2.  Take a new pic of your pet.  

3.  Before the parties start play with your pet to tire them out.  The expended energy will help to calm them and a cat nap is always good.

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1. Space – Having a house full of people can cause stress for some cats and dogs.  If you have a pet that gets overwhelmed by strangers it’s a good idea to let them have their own space.  Post a sign on the door so your guests know that the door is closed to keep your pet safe and sound.  

2.  Food – Keep pet treats on hand for your guests to offer your pets instead of ‘people’ food.

3.  Grill –   Accidents can happen easily, make sure to play with pets away from the grill.  

Fireworks

1.  Keep your pets inside during fireworks.  The loud noises and flashes of light scare most animals.  They don’t understand what is happening and can hurt themselves trying to get away.

*** More pets get lost on July 4th than on any other day of the year.***

2.  If your pet is very sensitive to the noise from the fireworks you can leave the television on or play music to help cover the sounds from outside.

3.  If you are driving the night of July 4th keep an eye our for our furry friends.  Pets and wildlife alike will be frightened by the fireworks and may dart onto streets and roads trying to flee.

Weather

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I live in Arizona and last weekend the high temperature averaged out to be 118 degrees.  We spent the weekend either inside or in the pool.  Our dog spent the weekend the same way.  In fact, most of the time that we were in the pool he was inside snoozing on the cool tile floor.

We keep a close on eye on our pets and the temperature, even with his doggie pool I make sure he is inside during the hottest parts of the day.  All animals can get overheated, this can lead to heat exhaustion and more seriously heatstroke, which can be fatal without proper medical care.

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Arizona is also home to monsoon storms in the summer.  Powerful dust storms blow through the valley often followed by thunderstorms.   Ideally all pets should be inside during these storms.  This isn’t always possible, as the storms often develop quickly and sometimes in late afternoon.  Pets should be given adequate shelter to avoid the dust and any flying debris.  This should also protect your pet during any subsequent rainstorms, the sounds and sudden flashing from thunder and lightning can cause the same anxiety as fireworks.  Once our dog is inside he is fine, we have one cat that gets a little skitterish with thunder but the other cats, the rabbits and the hamster don’t seem to notice at all.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!!!

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Week 13…

Week 13 of James Bond Saturdays – Octopussy

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This time Bond takes us to India and then Germany.  I enjoyed it because it was Bond, there are Soviets, a circus and a whole gaggle of female circus performers that kick some serious ass at the end of the movie.  Roger Moore’s age is becoming noticeable but not so much that it affects the movie.

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A cat in my house…

I often say that if reincarnation is the way things really go then I want to come back as a cat in my house.  While I realize that doesn’t make a lot of sense then I will say that I would want to come back as a cat in a similar house.  I mean, come on, it’s a pretty good gig.  There are numerous places to snooze, soft and snuggly places, little spaces to curl up in, the super cool feeling of lounging in the bathroom sink, stretched out in the sun by the window or laid out under the ceiling fan.  Of course, don’t forget boxes and baskets, especially the ones that aren’t quite big enough but somehow become a sort of  perfect fit.  In this house, if you fall asleep in the wrong spot you get lifted up and moved to another equally comfy location and often are scratched and snuggled for the trouble.  Oh, and don’t forget the food, endless amounts of crunchy, tasty kibbles all day long and then awesome, meaty yums at dinnertime.  Hopefully, I will be more dignified and not hang off of the counter fronts while the yums are being dished up but you never can tell.

I have parented many cats over the years and I loved every one of them.  They all had their own personalities, likes and dislikes and every last one of them were rescues.  A lot of them found me and I was happy to be found.  This is for all of them and the few that I fostered over the years and helped find forever families to love them.

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Kit Kat – Halloween 2010

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Baby Kitty

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Jericho – July 2009

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Sammy – July 2008

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Scotty and Pippa – November 2011

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Pippa and Scotty – November 2011

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Scotty and Pippa – March 2012

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Week 5…

It’s Week 5 of James Bond Saturdays – You Only Live Twice

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‘You Only Live Twice’ is classic Bond.  It takes place almost entirely in Japan with a few of the normal scenes in England and some in space.   I think the most memorable scenes involve the Japanese Secret Service ninjas invading the cave lair of SPECTRE bad guy Ernst Stavro Blofeld.   Of course, Blofeld himself is iconic in his nehru jacket, eye scar and long haired white cat.  Also, famously spoofed as Dr. Evil in the Austin Powers movies.